Meet Ashlea – she’s a spunky Aussie whose blog I love. A Globe Well Travelled, which focuses on frugal travel, is well-written and fun to read, plus it’s filled with a ton of her awesome graphic designs.
Let’s start with an easy question – tell me about yourself and your blog.
Hey there, I’m Ashlea. Born and bred in Tasmania, Australia, I’ve been travelling since I was 8 years old, and internationally since I was 18. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t get overly excited about travel, no matter how small the trip was – it’s always been something that makes me happy!
I started A Globe Well Travelled in 2014 as a way of sharing my travel photos and knowledge with others. I’ve been trying out entrepreneurship as a career over the past few years (first through my Etsy Shop and now through my travel blog) and am loving every minute of it!
I’m in the process of building up my online businesses to be my full time income. It takes a lot of work and a lot of self-discipline, but having the freedom to work anytime, anywhere, and doing the work that I want to do, is everything I could possibly hope for in a job.
What’s your favorite UNESCO world heritage site?
I think the one that stands out most in my mind (though it may be because I literally just visited it) is Teotihuacan in Mexico. The giant step-pyramids are some of the last remaining pyramids that tourists can actually climb, and the grand scale of them is unbelievable. I honestly felt like I’d stepped into a painting!
Why do you travel?
My passion for travel comes from a number of influences, but mostly I’m just trying to find ways of enriching my life. I couldn’t imagine going through life without doing everything I can to make the best of it. We only get one chance, so why not make it worthwhile?
What are your top 3 essential travel items?
I never travel without my Macbook Air and DSLR camera, they’re the only material posessions that I actually care about! I guess the third would be… my backpack?
Favorite “off the beaten path” destination?
I’d have to say Eastern Europe was my favourite off the beaten path destination. I enjoyed the challenge of making my way through Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, without really knowing anything about the language or culture. Eastern Europe gets a bad rep, but it’s really an amazing part of the world. Where else could you drink straight vodka for it’s health benefits, and see the remnants of soviet Russia?
Most awkward travel moment
Where do I start! Probably that time in a Parisian restaurant where I asked the waitress (proudly in French) where the bathroom was thinking she would point me in the right direction, but she answered me in French (which of course I don’t speak at all). There was an awkward moment of silence before she realised that I don’t actually speak French, and said ‘Down the stairs to the right.’ I’m an embarrassment to travellers everywhere!
Most memorable travel moment?
It still stands that one of my earlier travel memories is my most memorable. I was caravanning through New Zealand’s south island with my family, and we did a scenic helicopter ride from Mt Cook that took us up to a snow covered peak on top of a nearby mountain. When we landed, we stepped out onto the untouched snow and marveled at the spectacular view of the mountain range around us. That feeling of stepping out onto fresh snow in an untouched location was absolutely magical.
Here’s a question most travelers hate, but reader love: What’s your top 3 “favorite” travel destinations (if you’re absolutely forced to choose)?
You’re right, I do hate that question! How could I possibly choose between all the fantastic destinations this world has to offer?
Alright alright, if I absolutely have to choose, my top 3 countries would be Mexico (where I’m typing this from!), Germany (the land of my ancestry and where I’d like to live at some stage) and USA (because it’s a starkly different culture to my home country of Australia).
Do you have a travel tip or pearl of wisdom to impart upon my readers?
Yes! Don’t put off travel until later. Sometimes, life will get in the way, but imagine how you’ll feel in 10 or 20 years time wishing you had have gone on that round-the-world backpacking trip when you actually had the chance?
Like me, you can use to enrich your life, and you don’t need to be rich to do it. Be smart about it, and makes things happen. It will be 100% worth it.